In Blackwater Woods

To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

Mary Oliver

From the blog

Is It Possible?

THE HOLY LONGING I praise what is truly alive, What longs to be burned to death. A strange feeling comes over you when you see…

The Longest Night

Solstice. Darkness. Hibernation. Think of the night and the earth and all the things that rest during these long, dark hours. When even our broken…


I have been volunteering with a hospice organization. At first, I was not sure what I should say when sitting by the bedside of someone…


“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known …suffering…. and have found their way out of the depths.  (They) have an…

Blessing for the Brokenhearted

What if I told you that by avoiding going deep and walking through the darkness of heartbreak, you only take yourself further and further away…

Construction Site

When we begin to emerge back into the world after grief has struck, we become aware that we cannot emerge alone. A lifeline comes to…


Stardust comes to Earth in our bones and blood breath and being. In loss and love and mercy and cruelty scarring so deep, they carve…

Earth’s Desire

If your heart is heavy, if you feel exhausted from it all, plant your fingers in the soil of our Mother Earth, breathe in her…

Power of Beauty

Beauty has the power to heal us.  The divine beauty of nature can heal us. Beauty of a flower, of moonlight over the ocean, of…

The Thing Is

When the darkness of despair finally gives way to that small sliver of light, I pull my eyes upward toward the source of the light…


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About Me

My name is LaNell, and I am a caregiver to an elderly parent, a lover of mother earth and all of her flora and fauna, and a seeker of the spiritual in my daily life.

About This Site

In addition to caring for our elders, I believe that caregiving includes our sacred duty to care for the planet, animals, ourselves, and all life on this living Earth.